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Rare Books Reading Room

Opening hours:

Monday to Friday: 10 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
and 1:15 p.m. – 4 p.m.

KBR opening hours:

Monday to Friday:  10:00 – 12:45  and  13:15 – 16:00

KBR will reopen on 15 June.

The Rare Books Reading Room is located on Level -2.


This reading room will reopen on 15 June. A maximum of 20 readers can consult documents (also from other departments). This is only possible after online reservation.

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How to consult the documents

Readers will find a large number of reference works, bibliographies and studies in the reading room that are directly available (not during the COVID measures). The reference library is arranged thematically and these books can be found in the online catalogue.

If you want to consult any of the books that are held in store, please fill in the request form in the online catalogue. Requested documents are issued at regular times:

  • 9.30 a.m.
  • 10.30 a.m.
  • 11.30 a.m.
  • 12.30 p.m.
  • 2.30 p.m.
  • 3.30 p.m.
  • 4 p.m.

You will need advance admission permit if you want to consult any special books, incunabula or any special series (book numbers from INC or FS). Please make a request in advance by email or at the Rare books Department. The Curator may refuse access to some documents.


Copies and reproductions

You are permitted to take photographs, without using a flash and for strictly personal purposes, for study or work only, although the condition of the document must be considered above all else.

Order high-quality reproductions online.


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